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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth, read by Sh*tfaced Shakespeare's Richard Hughes.

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

©2017 Mark Forsyth (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks

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Most entertaining nonfiction book I've listened to

I listened to this and learned lots and laughed out loud.

I picked this for the topic not realising I'd read - and loved - other books by the same author. those are on grammar and words and have the same light touch. Thoroughly recommend them and this if you enjoy a lightness of touch and fine writing

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The Most Delightful Audiobook I've Read In Ages

This audiobook is sheer, laugh-out-loud joy! Brilliant narrator, amusingly written and full of fascinating insights.

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Great book

This is so informative and interesting.
Who knew drinking was so important to us? Not individually but as a building block towards civilisation.
Loved it.

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Could’ve been better

There are plenty of insights into our relationship with alcohol but the tone is unredeemably flippant. A serious observation is often rushed through for a quick gag, which at times overshadows - or at least gets in the way of - the interesting history. Ok if you are looking jaunty light hearted entertainment.

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Hilarious and Fascinating

I loved everything about this book except it ending. The Narrator, Richard Hughes, does much to enhance the content and I found myself laughing out loud a lot, not to mention wanting to pour myself a glass of wine! I am sure I shall go on to listen to it again. Warmly recommended.